A letter from the Lake Oswego Development Co. making an offer of land to a buyer in 1949. The letter stipulates that the property is “definitely restricted to the white race.” The black community defeated racist business practices such as this one by working with local and state leaders to pass the Civil Rights Bill, or Public Accommodations Bill, in 1953, which entitled all Oregonians “to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any place of public accommodation, resort or amusement, without any distinction, discrimination or restriction on account of race, religion, color, or national origin.” That law was followed by the Oregon Fair Housing Law in 1957 (amended in 1959).
Norm Costa has lived in the Portland metro area since 1958. He transitioned from an engineering career to running his own beauty salon in Lake Oswego for several years during the 1960's. More recently, Costa has worked for decades as a gay rights activist, mostly working with local health departments on HIV prevention efforts. This interview describes many aspects of the gay experience in Portland over the course of those years, including his experience with politics and activism, personal experiences, gay-oriented clubs and businesses over the years, and the spread of the HIV virus in the early 1980's.
A woman stands in front of a microphone with onlookers. She is wearing a crown and a wool suit, with the patches “Oregon” and “Queen 1937” affixed to the arm. On the microphone is a “S.O.C.O. Standard Oil Company of California” logo (negative 3 of 18).
People lined up in front of a microphone at the Winter Sports Carnival on Mount Hood. Several women are wearing matching wool suits and boots. “Standard Oil” logos can be seen throughout the frame (negative 4 of 18).
A smiling man and woman hold an award topped by a ski jumper. Next to them is another smiling man and other onlookers. In the background is a wood paneled wall topped by other awards (negative 6 of 18).
Members of the Winter Sports Carnival court line up on a snowy road. The court members are wearing matching jackets, hats and shoes. Skiers walk along the side of the road, with parked cars and a snow-covered building in the background (negative 8 of 18).
The home of orchardist Seth Luelling, at 10966 McLoughlin Blvd, before it was demolished in 1940. Luelling is known for developing the Bing Cherry. In front of the two story home is a cut tree, and sign that reads “Milwaukie Shopping Center, Lowest Chain Store Prices, Get Them All at One Stop, Milwaukie Grocery” and “Milwaukie Hardware” (negative 1 of 8).
A sawmill beside a river near Molalla. A man stands on a log and looks towards the shore, where a wooden ramp leads down towards the water. A chimney is visible above the sawmills, and piles of cut lumber are on a raised wooden deck. Logs can be seen floating in the water (negative 10 of 14).
A sign in a shop window advertises for the “Molalla Buckeroo.” On the sign is an illustration of a cowgirl and a rider on a bucking horse. Store merchandise and a refrigerator can be seen through the window (negative 14 of 14).
Small cabins with curved roofs sit in a line. The cabins have curved roofs and face toward an open grassy area. The photograph was likely taken at the defunct Wilhoit Springs resort near Molalla (negative 3 of 14).
Two horse-drawn chuckwagons race on a dirt track during the 1940 Molalla Buckeroo. Men with long horse whips ride in the carts, kicking dust into the air. A crowd in bleachers can be seen along the sides of the arena (negative 1 of 3).
Riders on horseback gather in a dirt arena at the Molalla Buckeroo. A man in Native American garb is facing towards the camera holding an American flag on a pole. A crowd in bleachers can be seen in the distance (negative 7 of 7).
Photograph taken from the top of Dam 1 at Bull Run. The dam features a decorative railing, gatehouse, and light posts along the top. At the center of the dam are three closed gates. A logged hillside can be seen in the background (negative 11 of 31).